Ancient Strengthening Technique - chapter-851
of the Body, thus achieving the greatest dream a marionette master could
strive for. Should they achieve the process of nurturing a marionette to
become the Nine Yang Marionette King, the influence and power of the
Marionette Sect would never be underestimated ever again.
The old man maintained his gaze on Qing Shui while shivering with an
overwhelming sense of excitement.
Qing Shui’s first instinct was to escape quickly as he clearly had no
confidence in winning against this old man. In the presence of absolute
power, everything was futile. He feared that he wouldn’t be able to
kill his opponent even with the deadly forces of his Primordial Flame
Ball and Poison Weapons. So the only realistic way was to run when he had
the chance to.
Fortunately for Qing Shui, he wasn’t as helpless as he was during the
time he faced the woman in the crystal coffin. Last time, his powers and
body were confined and restricted, so he wasn’t able to retaliate or
move his muscles. So while he had the freedom to move this time, he
decided to think of ways to escape this predicament as soon as possible.
“Enough. Don’t even think of escaping, because you can’t. If you
try anything, I will make sure you suffer the consequence of doing so,”
said the old man as he curved a sly smile on his face.
“Such confidence? Then this Octagon Inn must be the front of your
Marionette Sect!” Qing Shui laughed.
“And you’re still able to laugh? You’re right, this Octagon Inn is
one of the many outposts of the Marionette Sect. All these years, this
outpost had acquired a lot of decent marionettes for our sect.” The old
man spoke with pride, as if using the Octagon Inn as a bait to capture
potential marionettes was the greatest idea the Marionette Sect ever had.
Qing Shui gathered up all his power within the body and raised his
spiritual energy to the maximum. His hand shivered for a moment, then
with a quick movement, he shot out ten poisonous Ten Thousand Coldsteel
Needles toward his opponents instantaneously!
Petal Rain Under The Skies!
At the same time, Qing Shui exerted his force on his feet and released
the Mighty Elephant Stomp!
In a mere second, Qing Shui instantly fell to the lower floors – from
the ninth floor to the ground floor – like an ‘atomic bomb’ of a
tremendous force. He was able to escape swiftly in the midst of chaos in
the Octagon Inn.
Nine Continents Steps!
After Qing Shui had managed to escape through the use of the Nine
Continents Steps, the entire Octagon Inn began to collapse
instantaneously, killing the unfortunate souls unwittingly caught in the
crumbling of the building. The patrons were consisted of men from the
supreme aristocratic clans and wealthy merchants, so Qing Shui didn’t
feel pity when most of them had died. Those who were able to escape were
people of martial cultivators. While some of them were fine, most of them
were injured from the falling debris.
The thought of using the 10,000 Years Coldsteel Needles to inflict heavy
damage on the old man didn’t cross his mind but the needles were
sufficient to block against the Grand Elder’s assault, allowing a small
window of time to escape from the predicament.
The old man and the woman quickly dashed outwards, hovering in mid-air as
they scanned the area below with attentive eyes. However, no matter where
they looked, they just couldn’t seem to find the silhouette of that
young man. Realizing something was wrong, they quickly glanced at the
heap of debris below their feet.
“He should be here. Why can’t I feel his aura?” The old man ordered
his men to remove the debris with haste. Even if they had to dig up the
soil below three feet, they must find him – dead or alive.
Unbeknownst to the old man, Qing Shui had already escaped ten thousand li
away from the scene through his Nine Continents Steps. He immediately
mounted on the Fire Bird without hesitation and flew as far as he could.
This incident in addition to the one with the woman in the crystal coffin
had made him realize the great disparity between his power and that of
his opponents. The road to the top of the martial arts world was still
He could initiate a split-second kill if he were to fight against martial
warriors of the same level. But in the scenario against a higher levelled
opponent, it would be difficult as the disparity of strength was too
great. If he were to combat against the old man alone, he might be able
to land a few hits. However, that thought immediately vanished when he
sensed a tremendous amount of strength emitting from the old man’s
body. He wouldn’t be able to win anyway, so without a second thought,
he chose to escape.
Against the old man alone, Qing Shui might have half a chance of winning,
especially if he used the Thunderous Beast’s Violet Lightning Strike
and his own Divinity Protection. The Divinity Protection may prove to be
ineffective should he clash with the old man but if the Violet Lightning
Strike was able to show an effect, then the old man would surely die.
Power, he needed to gain more power!
At that moment, Qing Shui found himself wanting more power, his desire
grew stronger the more he felt helpless. If he could break through the
Seventh Heavenly Layer of his Ancient Strengthening Technique, killing
the old fool would be a piece of cake…….
Qing Shui hads currently reached an area of wasteland that stretched
toward the path of the Eastern Victory Divine Continent. He finally felt
at ease as he rode on his Fire Bird, despite the subtle nervousness
during his focus to escape the grasp of the old man. He wasn’t too
worried, because he knew he could escape for safety and destroy the
Octagon Inn at the same time.
At the same time, the Grand Elder of the ‘Octagon Inn’ was on the
verge of going mad. He released his anger at the mountain-pile of debris,
feeling dejected as ever……..
A number of old men and sect members stood behind the Grand Elder with
frowns on their faces. They were so close in snatching a marionette of
the Nine Yang Golden Body and now they had lost the chance.
Qing Shui kept his eyes on his surroundings before affirming the safety
of his current position. He urged his Fire Bird to fly as fast as
possible as the sky began to light up brightly, indicating the current
hour to be afternoon. Due to his quick reaction and swiftness, he had
managed to lose the pursuers from the Marionette Sect completely.
He didn’t expect the Grand Elder to reveal his own constitution as the
NIne Yang Golden Body, much less possessing a body of extraordinary power
too. Qing Shui didn’t think he was born with the Nine Yang Golden Body
but an outcome of an illusion wrought by the cultivation of the Ancient
He shook his head and dispersed the confusing thoughts. He didn’t care
if he had the Nine Yang Golden Body or not, nothing felt satiated unless
he had the Ancient Strengthening Technique and the Realm of the Violet
Jade Immortal, as well as everything he had owned until now. If only he
had the opportunity to gain an immense power, he would be able to reach
the heights of the entire continents in the world as he had dreamed of.
By then, he could do whatever he wanted and do the things he had been
wanting to do.
He had been running relentlessly for the whole day. It wasn’t until the
sky had turned dark that Qing Shui finally took the time to enter the
Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal.
With the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal as his haven, Qing Shui felt
happy as this place was private space of absolute safety. When he was
inside, he had practically spent 100 days or three months, doing
absolutely everything to strengthen his cultivation and artifacts.
Moreover, a lot of things could change within three months but in
reality, Qing Shui had only spent six hours of real time strengthening
techniques and his power.
He also took some time to temper some artifacts!
After a lengthy period, the Spirit Gathering Lamp had reached Grade Three!
The Spirit Gathering Lamp: An ancient artifact that could allow the user
to increase the spiritual power of their demonic beasts engaged in a
battle, thus increasing the attacking prowess of the demonic beasts.
Moreover, the increase was in correlation to the realm of the grade. A
passive artifact with zero energy consumption, the lamp was now in Grade
Three, which had further increased the efficiency of its usage.
Qing Shui was particularly pleased with the 30% increase to the demonic
beasts’ powers. Even though the speed of the advancement was comparably
different than before and the time required to level up seemed longer,
that had little effect on his pleasant mood. As long as the progress
remained on the steady path, everything would be fine.
Soulshake Bell: Grade Seven. The Soulshake Bell had a superb effect that
would be extremely formidable against most demonic beast. There would
also be an absolute hit on demonic beasts of Peak Martial King. If death
was not meant to be, then they would certainly be crippled. The bell has
an extraordinary effect on Martial Saints as well.
Demon Binding Ropes: Grade Six. The ropes could overcome powerful
opponents of greater strength easily.
Qing Shui hadn’t been using the Demon Binding Ropes for quite a while,
so he wasn’t sure what kind of power the ropes could possess for now.
The further the realm, the longer the time required for the upgrade would
be. Speaking of upgrade, it has been a while since the Soulshake Bell and
the Demon Binding Ropes hadn’t achieve a breakthrough.
The speed of upgrade of the Blackjade Poisonous Spiderweb and the Spirit
Gathering Lamp seemed a little bit slower. Regardless, the Blackjade
Poisonous Spiderweb was now in the Grade Four – the best among the
Despite the increase to its battle prowess, the time required for the
upgrade was uncertain. However, one thing’s for certain – the magical
treasure has the ability to nurture a person to a powerful warrior once
the artifact had reached the final realm. In extreme cases, a magical
treasure could even bring forth a destruction to the world.
If he didn’t have the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal, the realm of
the magical treasure may require a longer period of time to break
through. But when he thought about the immense power the magical treasure
could potentially achieve, he didn’t mind waiting even for a few more
years as he was quite confident that his Realm of the Violet Jade
Immortal could hasten the process without a hitch.
The drawing of the [Hundred Forms of the Tiger] and the ‘Realm of
Drawing Bones’ was just on an elementary level. There was still a long
way to go despite the potential growth of his drawing. Luckily, he still
had an ample time to advance his drawings, so the only problem he had was
the accumulation of time. If he continued to put a constant effort to his
drawings, he would eventually yield a great success.
Qing Shui continued his way to the east the next day. With a lot of free
time on his hands, he decided to look at the [Hundred Forms of the Tiger]
and the [Poison Scripture] while mounted on his Fire Bird through the
long dull journey. He would also ponder over a few things sometimes. As
he had been busy for the past few days, he left practically left no room
to think some things through.
He didn’t need to ponder over some matters purposely as everything had
happened according to his will. Moreover, he had no choice and most times
he was required to act as quickly as he could. After he had calmed
himself down, the first thing that popped into his mind was the matters
involving his romance.
Qing Shui felt quite troubled thinking about his relationships with his
wives. He had never doubted himself as someone who was extremely
possessive with the ladies. He couldn’t give up on them, yet he clearly
understood that he shouldn’t be promiscuous with any women he met.
Falling in love was easy, as feelings could develop in a mere few
seconds. It would be hard to get along with each other over time but it
would be way harder to forget about someone he truly loved. The worst
part about any relationship was getting along with a few exceptional
women, as it would be the hardest situation a man could face in his
In any case, the ladies had practically never asked him to love them
solely or even pester him with that matter. They didn’t even limit the
number of women he could love either…….
Perhaps this was the custom in the World of the Nine Continents. Even
though all men and women were considered equal, men were allowed to wed
multiples times and have numerous wives but no one would hear the news of
a woman having multiple husbands. The reason may have to do with the
majority of martial warriors being male. Essentially 90% of men had
dominated the martial arts scene in the World of the Nine Continents.
After the time was almost right, he recalled his Fire Bird.
Nine Continents Steps!
He had to use the Nine Continents Steps once every single day despite
this technique being weaker than before due to the improved speed of his
Qing Shui always knew something was different but he couldn’t explain
what exactly had changed.
Suddenly, Qing Shui glanced down at the Nine Continent Boots on his feet!